Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Katherine Lindsay Estate 2019, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Grapes were hand-harvested at night, shears only. Winemaking: Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 14% whole cluster inclusion. Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. 5-day cold soak, 17 day maceration. Gentle punchdowns. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 53% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2020. Tasting notes: “These grapes are grown in the iron-rich ‘Sebastopol soil series’ a unique subset of Goldridge found on our estate. The wine radiates a ruby red luminescence with inviting aromas of Bing cherry, rose petals, and earl grey tea. Generous flavors of wild blueberry and pomegranate are bolstered by notes of forest pine and red slate minerality. The beguiling texture and balanced acidity are surrounded by silky tannins from start to finish making this a readily approachable wine that thrills the palate.”